Seoul - A South Korean lawmaker came under fire this week after he scolded a female nominee to the country's antitrust body for not having a child to fulfill her duty to the nation.
Jeong Kab-yoon, a veteran member of the conservative opposition Liberty Party Korea, made the controversial remarks at a confirmation hearing on Monday for Joh Sung-wook, an unmarried economics professor.
"You're not married yet, are you?", Jeong asked during the hearing, according to Yonhap News Agency.
"The biggest problem in South Korea is that (women) are not giving birth," Yonhap quoted him as saying. "You would have been a perfect nominee, if you have had such qualification".
Jeong was chastised by other politicians at the hearing and apologised to Joh.